The new operation will provide vocational training for engineers and technologies, as well as administrative and managerial staff whose job function requires broadcast technology knowledge, says the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM).
The IABM Training Academy’s technology training programmes include instructor-led classroom sessions and self-paced online learning. Courses are geared towards three groups: new entrants to the industry; engineers looking to extend their knowledge base; and experts seeking to understand best practices and solutions for specific issues in emerging technologies.
Classroom courses typically last two or more days, while online courses – which are delivered via the IABM Learning Management System and cover a similar syllabus – allow participants to undertake training over an extended period.
The first classroom courses from the IABM Training Academy are ‘Broadcast and Media Technology – Understanding Your Industry’ and ‘Audio and Video Fundamentals for Engineers,’ which will take place in Reading, UK, beginning 22 and 28 June, respectively, and in Amsterdam beginning on 29 September and 5 October. The academy will continue to roll out new courses held at sites worldwide on a quarterly basis.
The online offer is already underway, with more than 100 viewers registering for a free course introducing participants to 3D during its first week of availability at the IABM Training Academy website.
“Emerging technologies, new business models, and changing social trends are creating new business and career opportunities within the broadcast industry, but they’re also revealing a chronic shortage of skilled technical resources,” said Roger Crumpton (pictured), director of education, employment and training at the IABM. “Employers need a resource for developing and training their workforce to meet the challenges of the new media business, and the IABM Training Academy offers just such a resource. The IABM Training Academy delivers training outcomes that impact the futures of managers, engineers and technologists in our industry.”